Donegal Railway Heritage Centre has just been informed that it has been shortlisted in the National Rural Network’s (NRN) Impact campaign to celebrate the impact of the LEADER Programme, which has been in operation in Ireland since 1991, on Rural Communities across Ireland. Impact, simply refers to a positive change that has resulted due to the LEADER programme, that may not otherwise have been possible. In the Museum’s case, it received funding for the production of a number of publications, “Michael Bunch Railway Diaries 1 & 2”, and the recent “County Donegal By Rail in Colour” by John Langford. Even more recently, Leader came in with the main part of the shortfall in the landmark capital project to bring the famous Donegal steam engine, Drumboe, back to the museum!

Entrants to this campaign were asked to prepare a short video detailing the impacts of their LEADER funded projects, which the museum has done, and can be seen through the link, where you can also Vote,
Niall McCaughan, Manager of Donegal Railway Heritage Centre stated: “We are delighted to be taking part in this campaign, which features may great projects funded through Leader. Without the generous funding provided by Leader through Donegal Local Development CLG, we would not have several quality Donegal railway publications which showcase the unique Donegal railway heritage that we have. These publications feature many unpublished photographs which are now part of the county’s archive, but also as importantly, bringing in much needed funding to our museum. On a larger scale, we recently received funding from Leader to take Drumboe home. This welcomed capital investment will become a unique flagship tourist heritage project for the town, the county, and the island of Ireland. It will help sustain and grow the current workforce and lay the foundations for even more ambitious projects in the future.

We see this campaign as a way to celebrate the great work that Leader has contributed towards across Ireland, particularly, in isolated communities like ourselves. I would encourage people to click on the link and Vote for Donegal Railway Heritage Centre and share the link with families and friends.”

There will be three winners in total, one per category and these will be decided via a public vote. Winners will have the chance to have their project disseminated further afield in local media, nationally and internationally and they will also receive a One for All Vouchers to the value of €200.

The public are invited to vote up until 6pm on Monday 23rd November. The entries with the highest number of votes will be deemed the winners. VOTE DONEGAL RAILWAY HERITAGE CENTRE!

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Sunday (Apr-Sep) 12noon – 4:00pm or by appointment